Deadline Approaching for Joyner Library Awards Program

Joyner Library is pleased to accept nominations for the 2013 Michael F. Bassman Honors Thesis Award.  The Award recognizes excellence in research and writing by students in the East Carolina University’s Honors College.  The award is sponsored by the Joyner Library and honors Dr. Michael F. Bassman, Associate Professor of Foreign Languages & Literatures, formerly Associate Vice Chancellor of the Honors Program, and its first Distinguished Honors Professor.

One winner is selected each year. The winner will receive a cash award of $500. The prize will be formally awarded at a reception in Joyner Library on Wednesday, December 4, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. Theses completed and submitted for graduation in December 2012, Spring 2013, Summer 2013, December 2013, or Spring 2014 will be considered in this award cycle.  The deadline for submitting applications for the 2013 award is Friday Nov. 8, 2013.

Additional information and details for nominating a thesis for the Michael Bassman Honors Thesis Award may be found at:

http://libguides.ecu.edu/BassmanAward

For questions, contact Bryna Coonin, Coordinator, Michael F. Bassman Honors Thesis Award  E-mail: cooninb@ecu.edu  Or phone (252) 328-0431.

 

Joyner Library Responds to Student Demand with Trial 24/5 Schedule

GREENVILLE, N.C. (8/15/2013) Joyner Library responds to student demand with trial 24/5 operating schedule for the 2013-14 academic year.

Beginning August 19 and continuing through the spring semester, Joyner Library will be open 24 hours a day, 5 days a week.  This pilot initiative is a result of student demand for expanded hours to work on assignments, use library resources, collaborate on group projects, and complete an array of other academic tasks. With the extended hours, the library opens at 10:00 a.m. on Sunday and remains open until closing at 9:00 p.m. on Friday.

After 11:00 p.m., an ECU OneCard is required for entry.  At 2:00 a.m. the basement, second and third floors are closed for housekeeping and reduced staffing, however the first floor remains open overnight.  The second and third floors reopen at 7:30 a.m.  Security staff are present during all operating hours.

According to Mark Sanders, assistant director for Public Services, “We are committed to being responsive to our patrons’ needs and 24 hour access is one of the requests we most frequently receive from students.  We will monitor the hourly building use data during the overnight period of the fall and spring semesters to see if it supports making 24/5 access permanent.  I’m hopeful it will.”

“After sharing the news with my roommate she was more than excited about the 24/5 access to Joyner. I’m certain she’ll utilize this resource to her advantage and she will benefit greatly!” says Cortney Hagans, senior Accounting major.

Joyner Library’s complete operating hours can be found at http://www.ecu.edu/cs-lib/libhours.cfm.  Operating hours are reduced during breaks, intercession periods, and the summer semesters.

Fossil Exhibit at Joyner Library: “Paleontology of Eastern North Carolina”

Through August 31st, the North Carolina Collection at J. Y. Joyner Library is exhibiting fossils from Eastern North Carolina.  The fossils are from the private collections of William O’Neal and Jay Holley. They have been collected over a period of roughly forty years. Mr. Holley is a geologist and instructor who provided technical expertise as well as fossils. The fossils on display are examples of the kind of items that can be found in local waterways, quarries, and other excavations. There are also explanatory materials from books and electronic resources that can be accessed through Joyner Library.

paleonFBpicThe fossils are from a wide date range. The oldest are from the Cretaceous Period, and can be as old as sixty-five million years plus. The youngest are from the Quaternary Period, the Pleistocene Epoch, or the age of large land mammals. These can be as old as 1.8 million years. The primary fossil bearing sediments from the region are marine in nature. The Coastal Plain has not always been dry land. The sands and clays of the area offer ready evidence of the abundance of sea creatures. Limestone from the Southern part of the state tells the same story.

The exhibit can be viewed on the third floor of Joyner Library in the North Carolina Collection. Tours can be arranged, and school groups are welcome. Further information can be obtained at 328-6601 or onealw@ecu.edu .

Fahrenheit 451…..On Display

We are celebrating 60 Years of Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451, published in 1953. Named one of the most important books of the 20th century, this book is still relevant.

Stop by the Exhibit Gallery on the 2nd floor, to view the display celebrating this classic book as we approach Banned Book Week from September 22nd – 28th.